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I would like to hear more about the forest baths,@yogawithpriyanka. We just have streams in ur woods and Henry would drink from them. Frankie, my old mini dachshund from NYC is not quite the hiker that Henry was. That is the same Moola Mantra. I realized sometime last night when i was in bed that i had not replied about this and did not even see this one here. Your has much nicer photos . The one I have is a photo of her singing not that I look at it anyway.
Thanks for mentioning that book Rachel. I haven't heard of it. I've just picked up my order of "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk and look forward to deepening my understanding about how trauma lives in the body.
And thank you Jo for sharing your practices. I also try to really make it clear that everything is optional - i.e. closing the eyes, repeating certain affirmations, sitting in a particular way. I often start sentences with, "If you'd like, you might..." or "If it feels comfortable for you, you can..." I think this gives listeners the space to feel out what they are ready for and/or safely able to venture into.
Lovely last sentiment @yogawithpriyanka. When we have it within us to be grateful, we often forget that this is not always the experience for us or for the world at large. Being able to pause and to feel how blessed we are is truly a gift.
What sweet creatures @yogawithpriyanka! I am sorry to hear about the Beasley. Forest baths sound lovely and restorative. I take my two dogs for a daily walk in the forest as well and they absolutely love it - as do I!